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Of course, these terrorists were also tight with the Weather Underground terrorists of the same era; the two groups worked together to shepherd cop killers and bombers to the safe-haven provided by Fidel Castro in Cuba, a nation with whom we should have no diplomatic ties until every single criminal escaping justice is returned. And make no mistake, much of the Democrat party have been overtaken by sympathizers of these terrorists as each of the last 3 Democrat presidents have pardoned members of the FALN terrorist network and the Weather Underground. Indeed, many Democrats have celebrated the terrorists, as sickening as it is to believe, it's all true.
But this book does more than that, bringing it to a personal level by co-author Joe Conner, whose father was killed by FALN bombers at Fraunces Tavern and whose cousin was killed on 9/11. Joe's a regular guy - could be your neighbor... or even you - who was forced to live without his father from childhood while Democrat politicians declare that these terrorists should be released because their own children have lived while their terrorist fathers were incarcerated.
It's a well-written and captivating read that I polished off in a day. You really should read this book!
I was working for Marine Midland at 140 Broadway when the Fraunces Tavern bombing occurred, just a short walk away. I was also working there on August 20, 1969 when another bomb, this one attributed to antiwar radical Samuel J. Melville, exploded on the eighth floor in the middle of the night. That bomb, equal to 24 sticks of dynamite, injured several night shift personnel and did extensive damage. Fortunately, no one was killed but I clearly remember the shock and feeling of vulnerability that such an event creates.
“Shattered Lives: Overcoming the Fraunces Tavern Terror” does a terrific job of bringing out these emotions and detailing the painful experiences caused to the friends and families of those impacted by the bombing. The authors supply history about virtually all of the people, places and things surrounding the bombing which, among other things, gives the reader a good sense of the mindset of the FALN.
It also clearly points out that, in spite of the death and destruction caused by the FALN, it appears that there are still many, including politicians, who think that members of this group are heroes of some sort. I hope that they will have an opportunity to read this book and that it helps to open their eyes to the truth.
The book is extremely well written and should be read by everyone.
The horrifying details of how politicians aligned themselves with the convicted terrorists are shown very explicitly and persuasively.
This is a triumph of reporting and must-read for those interested in the histories of terrorism, New York and Puerto Rico.